ori·​ent·​ed | \ ˈȯr-ē-ˌen-təd How to pronounce oriented (audio) \

Definition of oriented

: intellectually, emotionally, or functionally directed humanistically oriented scholars market-oriented production an ecologically oriented approach is goal oriented

Examples of oriented in a Sentence

The audience was academically oriented.
Recent Examples on the Web Treasury’s view was that second-home and investment properties are less oriented to the missions of Fannie and Freddie to support affordable housing, according to officials at the FHFA, which negotiated the changes with Treasury. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021 People with fewer material resources are understandably more oriented toward the present. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2021 Niki Metzel electing not to return, Mallon shifted the offense’s focus from a post-oriented unit to one that emphasized transition and perimeter play. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 19 Mar. 2021 The story is similar for oriented strand board, used for walls, floors and roofs. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 There are many pillows out there that purport to be the best choice for side sleepers, but some are more oriented towards all types of sleepers and don’t take into account the extra pressure relief that folks who sleep on their sides need. Korin Miller, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 There is an appealing earthy element as well, though the wine remains oriented toward its fruit. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 Block Vb is more oriented toward striking land targets with the new Joint Multiple Effects Warhead (MEWS). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Dec. 2020 Societies that score low, such as Denmark, tend to be more oriented toward having a high quality of life, having meaningful work and caring for others. Marie Helweg-larsen, The Conversation, 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of oriented

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oriented was in 1925

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2 May 2021

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“Oriented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oriented. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oriented

: interested in a particular thing, activity, etc.
: designed to appeal to a certain kind of people



Medical Definition of oriented

: having psychological orientation the patient was alert and oriented


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